The Route of the Nasrids

  • Villardompando Arab Baths. Jaén.

This route, which is a Major Cultural Route, explores the history of the ancient kingdom of Granada, ruled by the Nasrid dynasty from the 13th to the 15th century. Along the way, you will find castles and watchtowers, reminders of wars waged between Muslims and Christians.

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The Route of the Nasrids


  • Navas de Tolosa. In the surrounding area, you will see the remains of the fortresses of Tolosa and Ferral, which are Muslim in origin. A famous battle took place here that opened Andalusia to Christianity
  • Baños de la Encina, Bailén and Mengíbar. In Baños de la Encina, you will enjoy discovering the 10th-century caliphs' castle.
  • Andújar. Strolling around its historic quarter, you will find traces of its Arab past in the remnants of the town wall, in the Clock Tower and in Santa María Church, formerly a mosque.
  • Arjona. The town is approached through a landscape of olive groves. Arjona was the birthplace of Alhamar, the founding king of the Nasrid dynasty. The layout of its streets remains almost unchanged since that time and still conserves part of its Muslim defensive walls.
  • Porcuna. Did you know that its Tribute Tower was where Boabdil, the last monarch of Granada, was kept prisoner?
  • Linares, Baeza and Úbeda. These three cities are the next you will visit. The last two have been designated World Heritage sites for their Renaissance architecture.
  • Jaén. On this stop you can explore the Castle and the Arab Baths, which are inside Villadompardo Palace.
  • Píñar. Now in the province of Granada, you can see its ancient Castle, standing on the same hill where Las Ventanas cave, with its spectacular effects of light and shade, is to be found.
  • Iznalloz. Each summer, the battles between Christians and Muslims are re-enacted here.
  • Maracena. Its fields supplied Granada with food for a long time in the Nasrid era. The Mudéjar-style Church of La Encarnaciónis from this period.
  • Granada. The route ends in this beautiful World Heritage City, one of the most visited in Spain. Enjoy it without haste and discover its famous monuments, like the Alhambra.

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The Route of the Nasrids

Practical information

Total distance:
It encompasses 240 kilometres through the provinces of Jaén and Granada. In addition to the suggested places, you can extend the route to include other stops.

How to complete the route:
By car

Approximate time:
The distances from one point to another are short (the maximum stretch is less than 50 kilometres), so the trip can be done comfortably by car.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
The route also takes you through beautiful natural spaces like the Sierra Morena, Sierra Magina, Sierra de Cazorla and Sierra de Segura mountains. They offer a range of sports activities. The area's gastronomy is quite delicious. Do not miss sweets prepared according to ancient Al-Andalus recipes and using the area's famous olive oil. This is one of the group of Al-Andalus Heritage routes. If you are interested, you can go on others, like the Route of the Caliphate and the Washington Irving Route.

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